I am terribly sorry to let you know that we have to postpone the Devil Dirt Ride. We would, of course, like to offer you a full refund. Like you, we were really excited to have this event and unfortunately got ahead of ourselves. We have just learned that due to the State budget crisis, the environmental review of the event is taking longer than originally thought and will not be completed in time for the Devil Dirt Ride to take place on June 9th. I understand you must be disappointed and we are too. We will continue working on the process to make this event a reality.
We have been encouraged by your support of this event and hope that you will join us for the Devil Dirt Ride once it has been rescheduled. Our heartfelt apologies for postponing the Devil Dirt Ride. I will be sure to let you know as soon as we have a confirmed date with all agencies. Email us for your refund with your Frst Name, Last Name, Address, Distance and Phone Number. You may also choose to hold your space for the future date by remaining registered for the event. See our Devil Dirt Ride Refund Frequently Asked Questions.
You won't want to miss the 1st year of Diablo's first mountain Biking event! We're hosting a dual distance mountain biking event at Castle Rock Park in Walnut Creek. 300 riders are expected to complete the 15.4 mile* and 18.4 mile* distances. The post event expo will have snacks and beverages for all. This landmark event is sponsored by Renaissance ClubSport and benefits Save Mount Diablo’s land conservation efforts.
Why is Save Mount Diablo hosting this event?
Save Mount Diablo preserves, defends and restores the open space on Mount Diablo and its foothills so that people and wildlife may enjoy it for generations to come. To encourage people to get out and enjoy all that the mountain has to offer, we provide recreational opportunities, like our two trail running events, a (road) cycling event, many different hikes, camping trips, plein air art events, and new this year – the Devil Dirt Ride, our first ever mountain biking event.
We are partnering with 1) the East Bay Regional Park District and Mt. Diablo State Park to provide access to fire trails; 2) the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and its local chapter NorCal to provide a challenging yet safe course with water stations, aid stations, course marshals and other logistics; 3) San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, HAM Radio and the Contra Costa County Sheriff Department’s Search and Rescue to provide EMS and communications support.
Opening a dialogue for safe sharing of the trails moving forward is a great opportunity:
- We will have representatives of the equestrian and hiking communities stationed at a booth at the event to share trail safety and etiquette for different types of encounters on the trails.
- We will host a community discussion inviting representatives of National Interscholastic Cycling Association and its local chapter NorCal, representatives from equestrian organizations, our event committee members and other organized mountain biking group representatives to begin constructive dialogue about how we can all promote safe enjoyment of the trails for all user groups beyond the event.
- We will be sharing safety rules and best practices for mountain bikers with our event participants from the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and its local chapter NorCal.
Safety is a big concern and we are taking several measures to mitigate risks:
- Limiting the number of cyclists to 300
- This will be a timed ride but not a sanctioned or qualifying race
- Cyclists will be sent off in small waves
- We selected two courses neither of which exceed 20 miles in length
- Signage at trail heads in the days before the event to make other recreational users aware of the event
- Marshals along the course to monitor cyclists
For more information please see our Devil Dirt Ride Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions or suggestions please email Emily.
Our goal is to put on a safe, fun ride that raises funds and awareness for Save Mount Diablo’s land preservation programs while also engaging with local mountain bikers and other user groups on the mountain to inform folks about proper trail safety so we can all enjoy Diablo’s trails together.
Thanks to the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and its local chapter NorCal for creating a course that is challenging yet safe for riders of all experience levels. Local high school students such as San Ramon Valley High School’s Mountain Biking Club will have a key role in helping to put on the event. This new event wouldn't be possible without them, our volunteers, park rangers, and the Contra Costa County Sheriff's department.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013 - Start at 8:30 am.
The two distances will start 30 minutes apart with the longer distance starting first at 8:30 am. Parking, registration/bib pick up, start and finish are all at Castle Rock Park, 1700 Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek. Click here for directions.
Registration fees include electronic timing. Heavy rain may cancel. No refunds issued – proceeds from your registration fee will benefit Save Mount Diablo’s land preservation work. There will be NO Bib Transfers or Day of Registrations.
||Early Reg (before 5/18)
|15.4 Mile Course*
|18.4 Mile Course*
Riders of all ages are welcome. Riders of all ages are welcome. Riders ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult rider. All minors under the age of 18 may not sign up online. Please use the registration form on this website and mail payment to Save Mount Diablo. Riders can compete on any type of non-motorized mountain bike, including tandems, uni-cycles and hand powered vehicles.
The National Interscholastic Cycling Association and its local chapter NorCal are creating two courses that is challenging yet safe for riders of all experience levels. The longer distance is a 2 lap 9.2 Mile Loop that that has 1,600 ft of climbing totalling 18.4 miles with 3,200 ft of climbing.The shorter distance is a 2 lap 7.7 Mile Loop with 1,200 ft of climbing totalling 15.4 miles with 2,400 ft of climbing.
* Current course distances and elevation gains are close but approximate. We will announce the course as soon as we receive formal approval.
T-shirts designed by Pixar character artist, Matt Nolte, (check out his concept sketch to the right!) will only be available for donations of $20 or more to Save Mount Diablo's land preservation programs in the registration cart. Shirt orders must be placed before 5/18. Eliminating sales allows more money to go directly to the cause.
This year, you can choose to fundraise to expand parks while winning yourself some great prizes to keep you on the trails and inspired! We hope you'll donate to preserve more lands and create more trails for you and future generations to enjoy!
Want some fundraising tips? We're here to help! Email Emily if you'd like a little more help.